California Native Plant Society
Tap map to see plants native to location
Add
Encelia actoni
Please enter either the common name or the botanical name of any native California plant species to see it's plant record

Loading....
Acton Encelia
  • Added Add to My Plant List
Encelia actoni
  

Zoom To My AddressZoom To California Estimated Plant Range




About Acton Encelia (Encelia actoni) Encelia actoni, also known by the common names Acton brittlebush and Acton encelia, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is sometimes misspelled E. actonii. The plant is native to California and Nevada in the U. S. and Baja California in Mexico. It grows in various types of open habitat, including deserts, chaparral, and grasslands. It is found in the Mojave Desert, Sonoran Deserts, Peninsular Ranges, Transverse Ranges, San Joaquin Valley, and southern Sierra Nevada. The species was named for the community of Acton in Southern California, located in an ecotone of the Mojave Desert ecoregion and of the montane chaparral and woodlands in the San Gabriel Mountains. Encelia actoni is cultivated as an ornamental plant for drought tolerant and wildlife gardens, natural landscaping design, and habitat restoration projects. It needs sun and after the first summer, very limited to no supplemental irrigation.

Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub

Max. Height
5 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open, rocky slopes,

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
3' - 6970'

Annual Precip. ?
2.0" - 29.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 2.84"

Coldest Month ?
33.3° F - 60.5° F

Hottest Month ?
59.4° F - 89.5° F

Humidity ?
0.95 vpd - 47.01 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil

Drainage
Fast

Sunset Zones ?
7, 8*, 9*, 10, 11*, 12, 13, 14*, 15, 16, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Low
Moderate - High


Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Acton Brittlebush


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

Sign in to your Calscape Account X




Once signed in, you'll be able to access any previously saved plant lists or create new ones.

Email Address
Password

Sign In


Copyright © 1999-2014 California Native Plant Society. All rights reserved.